City of Edinburgh Council
Collective Architecture is working on the ambitious revitalisation of Meadowbank, turning it into one of Edinburgh’s greenest neighbourhoods.
The masterplan which has just received planning, includes around 600 homes, as well as commercial and community spaces, on a 5ha of space beside a new sports centre, which is replacing the historic stadium structure.
Designed in response to views shared by local residents, our client was
keen to see more quality greenspace, places for play and
better-connected walking and cycle routes brought to the area.
Following planning approval, the circa £100m project is expected to become the first development of its size in Edinburgh to promote the Council’s net zero carbon by 2030 goals by creating a low-car, low-carbon community and energy efficient new homes.
The sustainable mixed-use development will also create jobs and a significant economic boost by regenerating a five-hectare area next to the new Meadowbank Sports Centre - which is already set to become one of the greenest and most accessible centres for community sport in the country when it opens next year.
Space for a new GP surgery and community and commercial uses, the protection of existing trees and planting of saplings plus new rain gardens also feature in landscaping designs, which aim to pay tribute to the area’s sporting and industrial heritage.
With support from Nature Scot and the Scottish Government, the Masterplan has been awarded Building with Nature accreditation, setting the standard for high-quality low carbon features, and the Council has undertaken studies on the option for ‘green roofs’. The designs have also been endorsed by Sustrans’ Places for Everyone scheme, which brings specialised active travel knowledge to the project.